Abdi Nor Iftin, author of “Call Me American” and one of the Chats with Champions speakers on April 16, will speak at 5:30 p.m. in Damariscotta. (Photo by Michael Lionstar)
Abdi Nor Iftin, author of “Call Me American” and one of the Chats with Champions speakers on April 16, will speak at 5:30 p.m. in Damariscotta. (Photo by Michael Lionstar)
Skidompha Library in Damariscotta will host two Chats with Champions programs on Tuesday, April 16, in the library’s Porter Meeting Hall. The first, at 10 a.m., will feature a talk by Mac Smith, author of “Mainers on the Titanic.” At 5:30 p.m., Abdi Nor Iftin, author of “Call Me American,” will discuss his book.

The New York-bound Titanic left England on its maiden voyage on April 11, 1912, struck an iceberg three days later, and sank. Over 1,500 of the 2,224 people on board died, making it the worst peacetime naval disaster in history. Smith’s book focuses on Mainers who were involved in the tragedy.

“Call Me American” is the true story of the author as a boy living in war-torn Somalia who escapes to America — first by way of the movies and, years later, through a miraculous green-card lottery. Iftin now lives in Freeport, where he works as an interpreter for Somalis who have immigrated to the state. Parts of his story have been told on “BBC World Service” and “This American Life.”

Chats with Champions are free. Recordings of many previous Chats are available on Skidompha Library’s YouTube page. For more information, call 563-5513 or visit www.skidompha.org.